We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things.
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|We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things.|
|Studio album by Jason Mraz|
|Released||May 12, 2008|
Kensaltown Recording Studios
Little Big Sound Studio
(Nashville, TN, USA)
Casa Nova Studio
|Genre||Pop, folk, blue-eyed soul, jazz|
|Jason Mraz chronology|
|Singles from We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things.|
Limited edition cover
We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. is the third studio album by Jason Mraz, released on May 12, 2008. The album peaked at number three in the Billboard 200, making it Mraz's highest-peaking album at the time. Mraz took the name of the album from a work by the artist David Shrigley.
Background and production
Progress of the recording of the album has been documented on the YouTube series "Crazy Man's Ju-ju" which contain clips from San Diego and London, where most of the album was made. "I'm Yours" was the first single from the album and was made available on iTunes, Zune Marketplace and Amazon.com on February 12, 2008. The album features collaborations with James Morrison on the track "Details in the Fabric" and with Colbie Caillat on the track "Lucky".
The album was preceded by three EPs released at monthly intervals for a limited time. We Sing. was released on March 18. We Dance. was released on April 15. The third installment, We Steal Things., was released as part of a digital bundle through iTunes, JasonMraz.com and AtlanticRecords.com on the release of the album on May 13, 2008. Up to March 17, 2010, the album had sold 1,491,736 copies in the US and was certified Platinum by the RIAA.
On November 18, 2008, the album was re-released with the name We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. Limited Edition. The re-released album is a three disc set that includes the original 12-track CD, the second disc includes the three EPs all on one disc, and the third DVD includes an unreleased full-band concert Live at the Highline Ballroom in New York, a 30-minute documentary titled "Here We Are" and a preview to Mraz's "a thousand things." Polaroid book. The packaging also includes a 20-page CD booklet with full lyrics and additional artwork.
|1.||"Make It Mine"||Jason Mraz||3:08|
|2.||"I'm Yours"||Jason Mraz||4:02|
|3.||"Lucky" (with Colbie Caillat)||Jason Mraz, Colbie Caillat, Timothy Fagan||3:09|
|5.||"Live High"||Jason Mraz||4:12|
|6.||"Love for a Child"||Jason Mraz, Martin Terefe, Sacha Skarbek||4:05|
|7.||"Details in the Fabric" (featuring James Morrison)||Jason Mraz, Dan Wilson||5:45|
|9.||"Only Human"||Jason Mraz, Sacha Skarbek||4:02|
|10.||"The Dynamo of Volition"||Jason Mraz||3:36|
|11.||"If It Kills Me"||Jason Mraz, Martin Terefe, Sacha Skarbek||4:33|
|12.||"A Beautiful Mess"||Jason Mraz, Mona Tavakoli, Chaska Potter, Mai Bloomfield, Becky Gebhardt||5:37|
|iTunes bonus tracks|
|13.||"Make It Mine" (live: London Sessions)||Jason Mraz||3:30|
|14.||"Life Is Wonderful" (live from Amsterdam)||Jason Mraz||4:35|
|Limited edition bonus tracks (Disc 2)|
|1.||"I'm Yours" (From the Casa Nova Sessions)||4:47|
|2.||"Live High" (From an Avocado Salad Session)||4:03|
|3.||"If It Kills Me" (From the Casa Nova Sessions)||5:01|
|4.||"A Beautiful Mess" (From a Raining Jane Session)||5:15|
|5.||"Make It Mine" (From the Casa Nova Sessions)||3:24|
|6.||"Butterfly" (From the Casa Nova Sessions)||5:11|
|7.||"Only Human" (From the Casa Nova Sessions)||4:48|
|8.||"The Dynamo of Volition" (From an All-Night Session)||4:23|
|9.||"Love for a Child" (From the Casa Nova Sessions)||3:53|
|10.||"Coyotes" (From a Girl in New York Sessions)||4:19|
|11.||"Man Gave Names to All the Animals" (From the Gospel Collection Sessions)||4:18|
|12.||"Mudhouse/Gypsy MC" (Live from Amsterdam)||7:00|
|Tour edition (Bonus tracks)|
|13.||"I'm Yours" (From the Casa Nova Sessions)||4:47|
|14.||"Mudhouse/Gypsy MC" (live in Amsterdam)||7:00|
|15.||"Man Gave Names to All the Animals" (From the Gospel Collection Sessions)||4:18|
|16.||"Life Is Wonderful" (live in Amsterdam)||4:35|
|Tour edition (DVD)|
|1.||"I'm Yours" (Recorded at the Paradiso in Amsterdam on July 9, 2007 by Fabchannel)|
|2.||"Here We Are (Documentary)" (a film by Jarrod Allen, Produced by Jason Mraz)|
The album, overall, gained mixed to positive reviews. Commenting on the album's "pleasantly lightweight jams", "beachy guitars", "R&B horns" and "playful scat singing", Entertainment Weekly gave the album a B+. In an overall positive review, Billboard said, "Mraz emerges even bolder than before on an album loaded with strings, horns, formidable grooves and a dozen songs dripping with mantra-like positivity."
AllMusic said, "The nice thing about the soulful shimmer of We Sing is that it's so slick that it's easy to ignore the gibberish spilling out of Mraz's mouth and just enjoy the sunny, easy sound."
PopMatters wrote that "The album sounds great, and Mraz knows what he is up to. Less clear, I think, is whether the razzle-dazzle wordsmith who loves his Eminem records is ready to truly enter the marketplace as a serious vocalist and a sober songwriter", giving the album a positive rating of seven out of ten overall.
Giving the album two-and-a-half out of five stars, Blender concluded that whether "Pondering his parents divorce or describing intricate and delicate sex acts, Mraz's tasty tenor remains a modestly classy pleasure. But he's lost crucial cool."
Even less flattering, Uncut magazine said that "Listening to [the album] is like being followed home by a puppy— initially cute and guilelessly affecting, but rapidly irritating". Writing for The Big Issue in December 2008, Lianne Steinberg stated that "listening to this album is akin to being woken from a comfortable deep sleep by a circus clown with a water pistol full of warm urine", singling out the "terrible lyrics and hamfisted rhymes" for their "hilarity".
- Jason Mraz – lead vocals on all tracks, guitar on all tracks
|Australia (ARIA)||2× Platinum||140,000^|
|Canada (Music Canada)||2× Platinum||160,000^|
|France (SNEP)||3× Platinum||300,000*|
|New Zealand (RMNZ)||Gold||7,500^|
|Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)||Gold||15,000^|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Platinum||300,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||3× Platinum||3,000,000^|
*sales figures based on certification alone
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